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Major gifts event celebrates ties to family, each other 3 Anchor recognized for service to community


Averbuch builds on foundation of leadership 14 Rockets slam southern Israel


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Rabbis, educators, cantors to teach at Global Day of Jewish Learning


he Global Day of Jewish Learning, sponsored by a host of local Jewish organizations, is just a couple of weeks away. “It promises to be a great day for community members to engage in an inspired and enjoyable event with outstanding Jewish scholars and teachers who will lead sessions on Jewish concepts of blessings and gratitude,” Jewish Federation of Nashville Executive Director Mark Freedman said. The event will be held on Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Akiva School beginning at 10 a.m. It kicks off with the keynote scholar in residence, Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, who will lead a communal

learning session on the centrality of gratitude in Jewish life as portrayed in the Torah and Talmud. Following a communal lunch break ($10 per person) two afternoon sessions will begin covering a wide array of topics. Afternoon-session teachers joining Rabbi Hirschfield will include Rabbi Joshua Barton, Cantor Tracy Fishbein, Miriam Halachmi, Daniel Hoffman, Cantor Marcia Lane, Rabbi Shana Goldstein Mackler, Daniella Pressner, Sophie Rapoport, Rabbi Kliel Rose, Rabbi Shlomo Rothstein, Rabbi Mark Schiftan, Rabbi Saul Strosberg and Rabbi Yitzchok Tiechtel. Sessions will address particular aspects of Jewish concepts of blessings and gratitude. No prior knowledge of Jewish texts is required to participate in any

of the classes that will be offered at the Global Day of Jewish Learning. Concurrent with the morning program, Melissa Sostrin will lead a PJ Library session for preschool-age children and their parents from 10-11 a.m. Please visit to register for the Global Day program. You may also contact Barbara Schwarcz at or call Barbara at 354-1630 to register or to obtain more information about the Global Day of Jewish Learning. Baby-sitting and senior transportation will be available upon request. The participation of Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield in the Global Day is made possible through the generous support of Libby and Moshe Werthan. The Global Day program is also sponsored, in part, by a grant from the Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. c

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ber one? The Magical Mystery Tour, GJCC Main Event 2012, will be your chance to step back in time. So break out those white go-go boots and wide lapels and get ready to jam to the stellar sounds of The WannaBeatles, dine on a huge UK feast and shop ’til you drop at the hippest auction this side of the pond. It’s not too late to make your reservation for Saturday, Nov. 3. Contact the Gordon Jewish Community Center today. The Main Event is the GJCC’s annual fundraiser, which contributes to your Jewish community center and raises money for scholarships for children and families. A special thank you to the two title sponsors, Embassy Dental and Mapco. Join us on Thursday, Nov. 1, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for the Main Event Art and Jewelry sale to be held in the GJCC. Stock up on Hanukkah gifts for loved ones – and yourself – as you peruse all of the wonderful items donated to the Main Event. Wine

and appetizers will be served. Drop in on the Main Event Auction Preview on Friday, Nov. 2 from 2-5:30 p.m. Spend happy hour with the GJCC! Shop and place bids

on hundreds of amazing items even if you can’t attend the Main Event. There will be something for everyone up on the auction block. Continued on page 3

There’s music in the air with the 2012 Nashville Jewish Film Festival


ho’s helping keep the music in Music City? The 2012 Nashville Jewish Film Festival! This year’s festival, November 7-15, opens and closes with music in the air and at the movies. The Opening Night Cocktail Supper, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Cabana Restaurant, promises to be full of toe-tapping fun. Patrons will enjoy the Cabana cuisine and the sounds of the Metropolitan Klezmer Band, which The Village Voice described as “delightfully rambunctious.” These New York musicians will warm up the crowd with folkloric

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tunes, Yiddish pop, Soviet-era tango and Jewish drinking songs. Immediately following dinner, the crowd will proceed to the Belcourt Theatre for the 7:30 p.m. screening of the documentary “Hava Nagila (The Movie).” Continued on page 3


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Major gifts event celebrates ties to family and to each other By Kathy Carlson


ommunity members shared family traditions and history at this year’s Major Gifts Society Dinner, an event of the Jewish Federation and Foundation of Nashville that took place at Vanderbilt Hillel on Oct. 4. Billed as Sunset in the Sukkah, the dinner brought community members together to hear what Jewish tradition means to three speakers, Shirley Zeitlin, David Steine Jr. and Andy May. Rabbi Laurie Rice’s comments provided a framework for their stories. “The event was made special for me due to the excellent speakers,” said Frank Boehm. “It was heartwarming for me to hear Andy May talk about the May Hosiery Mill, which was in his family, and how his family employed so many immigrants from Germany because my mother was one of them.” Each speaker stressed the importance of family and passing down Jewish traditions from generation to generation, about trips to Israel and how meaningful it was and how much support Israel needs, Alyse Sprintz said. “They each spoke wonderfully,”

Annual Campaign Chair Steven Hirsch and his wife, Ellen Hirsch. Photos: Russell Wolff

Leon Tonelson (left), community shlicha Hadar Moskovitz, and Bernard Werthan

Brad Fishel (left) and Bruce Zeitlin under the Sukkah

Alyse Sprintz said. “Andy told about his grandparents and starting May Hosiery Mill and David Steine talked about his mother, father and grandparents. … Shirley (talked about how) her son and one grandson visited another grandson on a six-month program in Israel.” And, she added, community shlicha Hadar Moskovitz was “like a breath of spring” in her remarks to the group. Ellen and Michael Levitt chaired the event, which gave participants the opportunity to make their 2013 Annual Campaign gift, which helps to fund the many services that Federation provides

to fellow Jews in Nashville, Israel and around the world. The whole event “reminded me of the tremendous link that we have with each other and how we as a community have always helped each other in so many ways,” Boehm said. “While the May Hosiery Mill no longer exists, we can all be helpful to others by contributing to this important project of maintaining a Jewish life on this earth. For more information, contact Federation Campaign Director Naomi Limor Sedek at 354-1642 or c

Frank Boehm (left) and Jimmy Schulman

Nashville Jewish Film Festival Continued from page 1 Hava nagila (Let’s rejoice) began as a prayer and had an amazing journey on its way to the folksong hall of fame for American Jewry. Producer/director Roberta Grossman, who will be in attendance, has said, “This is about the happy moments of being a human being.” Both Connie Francis and Harry Belafonte agreed that there was no other song that made audiences so happy. Entertaining and educational films and events continue during the week (see the schedule at with more music at the Closing Night Supper and Song on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 5 p.m. at Pancake Pantry, catered by Cabana Restaurant. It promises to be a night of great music, with Morgan Karr performing the music of songwriter Doc Pomus. At 7 p.m. that night at The Belcourt, the documentary “AKA Doc Pomus” will be screened. It tells the story of Jerome Felder, a young Jewish boy from Brooklyn who became one of the founders of rock ’n’ roll in the late 1950s and 1960s. Pomus wrote and co-wrote for Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, the Coasters, and

Roll up to the Mystery Tour (Main Event) Continued from page 1 The Main Event committee and volunteers have been working tirelessly to bring you the most incredible event to date. If you are interested joining in on the fun, contact any of the Main Event Chairs: Judy Eskind, Melissa Melamed, Lorna Graff, Dara Freiberg or Sara Melamed. They are also assisted by 2011 Main Event

Chairs Leslie Kirshner and Rhonda Wernick. Oh, and the trivia answer? The first single by an ex-Beatle to reach number one was “My Sweet Lord” by George Harrison. Who knew? For more information about the Magical Mystery Tour: Main Event 2012, contact Meryl Kraft, (615) 356-7170, c

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many more. You’ll find yourself singing the familiar lyrics to “Save the Last Dance for Me” and “Magic Moments” as you follow the remarkable journey of this man and the thousand songs he wrote. Special guests for this closing night include David Preston of BMI, Nashville; Sharyn Felder, the daughter of Jerome Felder; Amy Linton, the film’s associate producer and editor; and singer/songwriter/author/ actress Marshall Chapman. Please join the NJFF in its celebration of music on Closing Night – and all week of what promises to be another great Festival year in Nashville. c

If one of the worries on your mind is how to tell your family there will be no gifts this year for Chanukah The Jewish Family Service Chanukah Gift Program is waiting to hear from you. Please call 354-1672, confidentially, to let us know how we can help. Volunteers are waiting to bring some light into your Chanukah.

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Anchor recognized for helping Tennessee to remember Holocaust


elicia Anchor, the child of Holocaust survivors and a longtime advocate for Holocaust remembrance and education, was honored for her service to the community during Shabbat services at The Temple on Oct. 12. For 27 years, Anchor has served as a commissioner on the Tennessee Holocaust Commission, which was created by the state legislature. She recently stepped down as the Commision’s chair after serving in that role for 16 years. Anchor will continue to serve as a commissioner. The Commission’s primary role is Holocaust education. During Anchor’s years as chair, the Commission has participated in the publication of two books, “The Holocaust and Other Genocides: History, Representation, Ethics” and “Living On: Portraits of Tennessee Survivors and Liberators.” The Commission has supported annual Days of Remembrance at the state Capitol each year, has recognized

Felicia Anchor

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teachers for Holocaust education through the annual Belz-Lipman Holocaust Educator Award, and has collaborated with the Cumberland County Playhouse and Nashville Ballet to bring

the ballet “Anne Frank” to the rural county east of Nashville. The Holocaust Commission’s “Living On” exhibit of survivors’ and liberators’ stories has been widely shown through the state. Efforts also are under way, with the help of several foundations, to preserve filmed interviews of Tennessee residents who survived the Holocaust or helped liberate concentration camps during World War II. The films will be converted to a digital format, making them more accessible to students, teachers and researchers. Educational programs for teachers have been held across the state, and the Commission has made it possible for teachers to attend educational programs at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Anchor also helped make the Nashville Holocaust Memorial a reality. The outdoor memorial on the grounds of the Gordon Jewish Community Center was dedicated in October 2006. Its 12 memorial walls contain the names of relatives of Nashville families who either

survived or perished in the Holocaust. “Now, if you were to ask Felicia who envisioned the memorial first she will share with you that it was a dream of the Nashville Holocaust survivor community,” Nashville Jewish Federation Campaign Director Naomi Limor Sedek said at The Temple. “…I still remember hearing my grandmother, Elizabeth Limor, of blessed memory, wishing to see a memorial in Nashville in her lifetime and she was fortunate because of Felicia’s leadership to see that dream become a reality. “… As you once said, Felicia, you anticipated the memorial to be a place where remembering and showing respect for the past intermingles with developing an understanding and commitment toward creating a humane future,” Sedek said in thanking Anchor for her service. “… I only hope that we as a community will continue to respect the Holocaust survivors, those who are still alive today as well as those whose memories we continue to keep alive through our own words.” c

First person: Mission to Israel sparks untraditional ties to fellow Jews By Margaret (Meg) Littman


n a hot July morning I was wading on the bank of Percy Priest Lake, talking to a man I had just taught to stand-up paddle. We were sharing tips about international travel and beating jet lag when I mentioned my thenrecent trip to Israel as a part of the Jewish Federation of Nashville’s sponsorship of the National Young Leadership (NYL) Mission. He seemed interested in hearing c





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about my excursion; I was so enthusiastic about what I had seen in the Holy Land that I took any opportunity to share with people. The next thing I knew I had flipped through the many photos on my phone for at least 30 minutes. I showed him the scenes of Ben Yehuda Street coming to life after havdalah, with adults and kids playing and dancing in the street (and me eating the best sandwich of my life: half falafel, half shawarma). Well into this conversation he mentioned that he had always wanted to go to Israel because he is Jewish, although not currently connected to the Jewish community in Nashville. Fast-forward a few months, and this person is a friend, on the guest list for Rosh Hashanah dinner at my house. Perhaps the most unusual thing about this story is that it isn’t an anomaly. Similar conversations and connections about Israel and Nashville Jewry have begun in untraditional places—such as in line to vote and while volunteering for the Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival—since I returned from Israel. Many of these experiences support what I believed before I went to Israel:



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Literacy in Hebrew isn’t required to see opportunities for paddleboarding on Israel’s beaches. Photograph by Meg Littman

Nashville’s Jewish population is diverse and in many cases unaffiliated, but not at all uninterested. In part, this is why I felt like I was a good candidate for the Jewish Federation of Nashville to send on a subsidized summer trip. I am professional journalist and travel writer as well as a Jew. I love talking (and writing and Facebooking) about what I see on my travels, and was convinced that given the opportunity, I would be able to share the experience with people who don’t typically walk through the doors of the Gordon Jewish Community Center. While my post-trip experiences have been in line with my expectations, much of my trip to Israel—which was my first—was different than I anticipated. As part of my job, I travel a lot. I’ve been to many corners of the globe—Iceland, New Zealand, Argentina and Togo, West Africa—and I had wanted to go to Israel for years (if not decades). I had done a fair amount of research on what to see. I stayed for a week after the Mission, so I could spend more time at certain spots and explore parts of the country not on the planned tour. Almost everywhere I went Israelis said to me, “Go home and tell people in America that Israel is not like they say it is on Fox News.” It was easy to do that, because Israel

was not how I was led to believe it would be. I was surprised by the appreciation that Israelis (or at least those I met) have for Americans in general and the Federation in particular. On our tour we visited a number of sites, including the remarkable Susan’s House in Jerusalem. Initially funded in part by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, Susan’s House teaches at-risk teens the craft of glass-making, selling their jewelry and decorative arts in a small shop. The proceeds of the sale have allowed the program to be more self-sustaining, and to rely on fewer Federation funds going forward. I was pleasantly surprised by how safe I felt, even traveling on my own, without a command of the language (seriously, two of the only non-religious words I know in Hebrew are “jellyfish” and “paddleboard”) or an advance itinerary. The land was lusher and greener than it was in my mind’s eye, not the barren desert landscape I’d pictured. On our tour we visited wineries and scenic overlooks, river rafting launches and summer camps. On my own I saw paddling resorts and pristine beaches. At each stop locals told us about what life in Israel was like for them. Whether they were born there or made aliyah, there were commonalities: they either chose to move to Israel or chose to stay. And, despite the tumult and the economy and the uncertainty, that made them content, because they were where they wanted to be. This translated into a joie de vivre I hadn’t anticipated. As one of our fellow NYL Summer Trip participants said as we were watching a particularly joyful street scene in Jerusalem, “Isn’t it great to see so many happy Jews?” My trip to Israel definitely made me a happier Jew. I am hoping that will extend to the larger community. c Editor’s note: Through a grant from the Jewish Federation of Nashville, Meg Littman and four others participated in this year’s Jewish Federations of North America National Young Leadership Mission. It was the second year the Nashville Federation has made this opportunity possible. If you or someone you know is interested in this opportunity please contact Harriet Schiftan, Federation Planning Director, at 354-1687 or

First Person: Service trips give collegian a family in Moldova Nashville’s Georgia Rubinowicz, currently a pre-med student at the University of North Carolina, has spent part of the last two summers working in Beltsy, Moldova, with members of Greensboro, N.C.’s Jewish community. The group, organized through the Greensboro Jewish Federation, produces Camp Delet for Beltsy’s Jewish community, providing a way for them to connect with and expand their Jewishness. Here she talks about her experiences over the two years. By Georgia Rubinowicz


eaving Moldova in the summer of 2011, I wanted more than anything to return the following summer. When this became a reality this past June, my excitement was uncontainable – I started a countdown and talked frequently with members of the Beltsy community, who were also enthusiastically awaiting our return. Upon our arrival in Beltsy, my emotions were completely uncontrollable and I experienced an overwhelming sense of happiness. In a strange way, this return felt like a homecoming for me: Even though a long year had passed between us, here we were once again, sharing a week of our lives to support the Jewish community. When I embraced Ira (one of the madrichim I became close with in the summer of 2011) that first day in Beltsy, the feeling was immense and overpowering. I left the previous year not knowing if I would ever see her or any of these remarkable people again, and yet, I found myself standing face to face with this community once more. The entire experience was almost surreal. Returning certainly intensified all my emotions – having connections with people from year to year makes it harder to leave, especially when you hold the uncertainty of your return. Simply put, there is no easy way to say goodbye to people who have touched you in inexplicable ways, people whose love and warmth has impacted your heart, and people who are still very much in need of what you provide. And therefore, these goodbyes become uncertain promises of returning to camp next summer. It becomes easier to say “See you next year” than “Goodbye, forever.” I truly hope that I can keep this promise to the Beltsy community, and that next summer at Camp Delet I will embrace, laugh, and cry with my Moldovan family. And even if I personally am not able to return, I know that others will go and be touched in

Camp Delet allows Jewish residents of Beltsy to maintain and strengthen their Jewish ties.

Friends reunite at Camp Delet in Beltsy, Moldova. Photographs submitted by Georgia Rubinowicz

similar ways, and come to love this community just as much as I do. Our work in both years at Camp Delet has been quite similar. Projects range from arts and crafts emphasizing Jewish learning (making challah covers and mezuzot, for example), or gardening/astronomy projects led by a couple from Greensboro. With Boaz AvrahamKatz, one of the Greensboro leaders, I participated in a leadership workshop with the Beltsy youth, which included team-building activities to strengthen not only their skills as a leaders, but in working as a part of a group. I was able to see not only Ira, but almost all of the same Beltsy community members from last year: Nelea, the head of the camp; Liuda, head art instructor; Paulina, head of the JCC and Chesed; Vova, translator/driver/anything they need him to be. Almost all of the children who were at camp in the summer of 2011 returned, and I was so happy to see their smiling faces again, and for them to remember me as someone who impacted them greatly. It was a true homecoming to my Beltsy family. Greensboro is so close to Chapel Hill, which is so lucky for me. I was able to stay with one of the participants from this year at her home and celebrate both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with her family. This also gives me the chance to see Boaz and Deborah, the leaders of the mission. I keep in touch with them a great deal and see them a lot, seeing as we are only 45 minutes away from each other! Of course I would love to travel to Moldova again next summer to participate with Camp Delet. I don’t think I have ever experienced anything more difficult than saying goodbye to the members of the Beltsy community, peo-

ple who I have grown so close with in such a small amount of time. These goodbyes are so uncertain of what the future holds, and to be able to say I could go back would bring me so much joy. However, I know that with my senior year approaching after this coming summer, I will be busy with applications for medical school, and possible internships/job opportunities, so I will certainly have to prioritize. I know that if none of that mattered, I would be going back to Moldova in a heartbeat, without any hesitations. But it is certainly a very plausible possibility! To anyone who is thinking of participating, I would say to go into camp without any expectations and to let go of any hesitations or anything that might hold you back. You will return with the

sole desire to go back the following summer. The experience is not only rewarding, but life changing, and almost inexplicable unless you experience it firsthand. I find that in Moldova, and as Boaz and I have discussed, you can truly “let loose” without worry of judgment or criticism. The Beltsy community is so warm and it welcomes you as a long-lost family member. Lifelong friendships will be made, and tears will flow by the end of this weeklong journey. c Editor’s note: Rubinowicz’s 2011 work in Beltsy was made possible by grants from the Jewish Federation of Nashville. She returned in 2012 with some financial support from Federation but largely at her own expense. The Jewish Federation of Nashville supports the Jewish community of Beltsy, Moldova, through our ongoing financial support of the American Joint Distribution Committee.

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Protestant churches’ letter on Israel straining ties with Jews By Neil Rubin WASHINGTON (JTA) -- When 15 prominent American Protestant leaders sent a letter to Congress last week calling for an investigation and possible suspension of U.S. aid to Israel, at least one outcome was certain: The Jews wouldn’t like it. On Oct. 17, Jewish groups unilaterally pulled out of an upcoming annual Christian-Jewish roundtable meeting, saying the Oct. 22-23 forum was no longer viable. Earlier in the week, the Anti-Defamation League had said it would skip the meeting and called on representatives from other Jewish groups to follow suit. The Jewish groups – the American Jewish Committee, B’nai B’rith International, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the Conservative movement's Rabbinical Assembly, the Union for Reform Judaism and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism – wrote to their Christian colleagues that the letter to lawmakers “represents an escalation in activity that the Jewish participants feel precludes a business-as-usual approach.” They called for senior leadership of Jewish and the Christian groups to meet to “deter-

mine a more positive path forward for our communities.” In addition to its content, Jewish groups were upset that they had no advance warning of the letter and that it was released on the first day of a two-day Jewish holiday, when most Jewish organizations were closed in observance of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah. The annual Christian-Jewish roundtable began in 2004, as the divestiture issue - whether organizations should sell their investments in operations doing business with Israel - rose to prominence. This year, participants were to update one another on activities regarding Israel, such as the Palestinian push for membership in the United Nations and the upcoming Israeli elections. “There’s been a betrayal of trust,” Ethan Felson, vice president and general counsel of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs umbrella group, told JTA. “We have to discern if there’s a positive path forward.” The Protestants’ letter, sent to every member of Congress, was signed by leaders of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the United Methodist Church, the National Council of Churches USA and the United Church of Christ. Saying they have “witnessed the

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pain and suffering” of both Israelis and Palestinians, the signers said that “unconditional U.S. military assistance to Israel has contributed to this deterioration, sustaining the conflict and undermining the long-term security interests of both Israelis and Palestinians.” The letter called for the launching of “an immediate investigation into possible violations by Israel” of agreements with Washington for alleged illegal use of U.S.-sold weapons against Palestinians. The signers also asked for “regular reporting on compliance and the withholding of military aid for non-compliance.” In the past, many of these same church leaders have sent notes to Congress criticizing specific Israeli efforts, particularly settlement building. However, this is the first salvo against the $3 billion annual U.S. aid package to Israel. A number of mainline Protestant churches have had fights at recent conventions over boycotting products made in the West Bank, divesting in companies doing business with Israel or harshly criticizing Israel’s rule of the West Bank. This summer, the Presbyterian Church (USA) rejected divestment from companies doing business with Israeli security forces in the West Bank by a 333-331 vote. A similar call was defeated more decisively at a Methodist assembly in May. And in September, the Quaker group Friends Fiduciary Corporation voted to remove a French and an American company from its financial portfolio over what it said was the companies’ involvement with Israel’s occupation of Palestinian areas. Felson said JCPA is considering asking Congress to investigate delegitimizers

of Israel and to issue a resolution against their efforts. Suggesting that American Jewish groups could retaliate by advocating against U.S. aid to the Palestinians, Felson said the signers of the letter are “opening up a Pandora’s box.” Indeed, some Presbyterians are openly angry with their leader, the Rev. Grayde Parsons, who signed the letter to Congress. "We know there's a very small, very vocal group in the Presbyterian Church that wants to see Israel punished," said the Rev. John Wimberly, co-moderator of an unofficial group called Presbyterians for Middle East Peace. "We think we represent the 70 percent of Presbyterians polled in 2009 who said that maintaining a strong diplomatic and military relationship with Israel should be a U.S. priority." He said Parsons’ signing of the letter “makes a lot of people mad and a larger number of people embarrassed." Parsons did not return JTA's calls for comment. David Brog, executive director of Christians United for Israel, a largely evangelical group often billed as the Christian AIPAC, called the move by the mainline Protestant churches to reach out to Congress an “accelerating trend” with a message for the Jewish community. “This should be a wake-up call,” said Brog, who is Jewish. “Christians will be involved in Israel and the Middle East whether Jews accept that or not. We cannot take Christian support for Israel for granted. We have to actively engage our Christian neighbors and take the case to them, so that when they are active on this issue they support Israel.” c

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The Tin Angel is often referred to as Nashville’s original neighborhood restaurant, and it was built and is operated to be just that. A place where people can go for excellent food and service in a warm, friendly, comfortable environment, at reasonable prices. The fact that people come from near and far to visit Tin Angel doesn’t make it less of a neighborhood restaurant, just a restaurant with a larger neighborhood. Opened by Vicki and Rick Bolsom in 1993, Tin Angel is one of the few historic commercial buildings left on Nashville’s busy West End Avenue. The building has been carefully restored, from its brick walls and floors and its round freestanding fireplace built from brick salvaged from Church Street, to its period tin ceilings. Our staff members – many of whom have been at the restaurant from day one – care about every aspect of their diners’ pleasure. Our offerings change seasonally

Thyme CafÊ is Bellevue’s newest cafÊ. Thyme is located at 95 Bellevue Road on the corner of Hicks Road and Bellevue Road inside the Genesis Campus for Jewish Life. Thyme CafÊ is open on Sundays and serves lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. and dinner from 5-7:30 p.m. Thyme is Bellevue’s only vegetarian restaurant. Thyme serves an international array of fresh made wraps, salads, personal pizzas, pastas, and other items. In addition to the regular menu items Thyme serves daily entrÊe and soup special, each with its own international theme. At Thyme everything is fresh. The falafel, hummus, and babaganoush are made from scratch. At Thyme you can dine in or take out. If you are in a rush, call or e-mail ahead of time for a take-out order at or 669-8338. Continued on page 10

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Professionals help make your entertaining experience a time to remember Continued from page 9 And you can check out the Thyme Café website at or on Facebook. Inside, Thyme provides a warm and friendly atmosphere. Whether eating in the café or dining on the back patio you will enjoy the casual and relaxed feel. It is a place where friends gather and new friends are made.

All day long, Grins cooks up vegan favorites from scratch Grins Vegetarian Café offers grilled wraps, warm panini, inspired green salads, and daily specials including madefrom-scratch soups, pasta salads, hot vegetable sides and more. Daily we bake an array of vegan goodies including breakfast pastries, decadent cupcakes, and giant cookies. We proudly serve locally roasted, organic and fair trade Bongo Java coffee and Numi organic iced teas. Come and join us for breakfast between 8-11 a.m. and enjoy our quiche of the day or our popular Nutella panini with fresh strawberries and bananas, made on our house-made whole-wheat focaccia. Chef Rusty Johnston strives to create tasty and inspired creations to please every palate. Friday we serve exciting entrée or pasta specials like our signature Grins mac + cheese, crispy Asian tofu tacos, or wild mushroom pot pie. Grins is open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. and on Fridays from 8am-3pm. We are closed for Jewish holi-


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days and Vanderbilt University breaks. Please visit our website at to see our menu and daily specials, as well as a complete calendar of the dates we are closed. You can also visit Grins on Facebook and Twitter!

Hampton Inn wants to be your guest room away from home Complete confidence that out-oftown guests will feel right at home is a primary concern for every host or hostess, no matter what the social event that draws your visitors. Hampton Inn & Suites – Green Hills specializes in just that: making our home their home away from home while attending your special event. We are a boutique-style select-service hotel right in the heart of Green Hills’ fantastic shopping, dining and entertainment district. We can offer both comfortable standard rooms and spacious residential king suites with fully furnished kitchens. We provide your guests with complimentary cost saving services and amenities often added to the bill at other hotels. Our rate includes free parking, Internet access, local calls and our highly praised breakfast buffet with hot items daily. The facility offers a computer center, fitness facility, and laundry services for their convenience during their visit. The atrium-style sixth-floor Belle Meade room offers a dynamic view of the Green Hills area, perfect for brunches, luncheons, rehearsal dinners, receptions, and birthday parties. To keep your visi-

tors entertained during those free times of your special event, we are in walking distance of the Mall at Green Hills, fifteen restaurants, and a 16-screen cinema. Contact our most capable sales department to learn how we can help relieve some of the responsibilities so you can better enjoy your next social event.

Prime 108 adds cosmopolitan twist to local ingredients Prime 108 at the Union Station Hotel has fast become a premier dining location in the downtown restaurant scene as well as a power spot for lunch and dinner. Today, the warm ambiance of the original 1900 stained-glass windows and walnut paneling has become an icon of dining, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week for both Nashville residents and out-oftown guests. We proudly celebrate the return of Executive Chef Thomas Cook, after a brief departure, who was essential in Prime 108’s development and opening. Cook’s exceptional knowledge and use of local farm-raised culinary resources adds a fresh perspective in our menu selections and guests will enjoy a wide variety of culinary experiences from upscale to elaborate special occasions. A new menu was recently introduced featuring perennial fall favorites with bourbon-smoked filet mignon, cowboy bone-in rib eye plus a wide variety of fresh fish, seafood and vegetarian entrees. Indulge in hearty side dishes including sautéed spinach with crisp garlic, house-made Yukon gold potato chips with bleu cheese, caramelized oniongouda mash and much more. Don’t leave until you’ve been dazzled by the housemade desserts and the special Goo-Goo Cluster molten cake – celebrating Goo Goo’s 100th anniversary. Prime 108 presents the three-course business lunch Monday thru Friday for $19. Elevate a typical lunch or make an impression with clients or colleagues. We hope you will enjoy, and we urge you to drop us a line and let us know what you think at

Specializing in Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Diane understands that some clients like to be very involved in the creative development of their event, while others enjoy the freedom of having an expert on board to manage everything. Diane moves easily and confidently among them all, creating the perfect atmosphere and tailoring each event to individual tastes and needs. When you’re blessed with a simcha, Diane is there to help you create a unique, personal expression that brings your celebration to life. “The greatest service I can give my clients is the confidence to completely relax and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience.” DK Ideas clients say it best: “There is no way I can possibly express my appreciation and deep gratitude for all you did for me, our daughter and my entire family. Every last detail was an amazing tribute to Eleanor’s uniqueness and love for nature. You captured her very essence over and over again. Thank you!” - Rachel Koch

“The first day I met with Diane is the day that all the stress left my body and all the fun began! Diane is AMAZING at organizing, creating, and making it all come together perfectly! My daughter's Bat Mitzvah was truly a joyful celebration.” - Victoria Shaw Locknar Contact DK Ideas because life is worth celebrating! DK Ideas Diane Kimbrough (615) 804-8438

The quality of your skin is paramount to Gold Skin Care Center Gold Skin Care Center, in the heart of Green Hills, is Nashville’s premiere destination for expert skin care. Having provided the path to beautiful skin for our community for over 20 years, our expert staff knows how important it is to guide you in the difficult decisions of what pro-

cedures best meet your specific needs. Led by world-renowned dermatologist Dr. Michael Gold, the entire medical staff is highly trained and experienced in today’s most advanced, effective procedures. Patients enjoy the glow they see from deluxe skin care products, facials and peels. They’re thrilled with results from treatments such as toxins and dermal fillers, laser hair removal, and nonsurgical laser and light-source procedures to improve skin texture, reduce wrinkles, and more. We also offer the immensely popular, minimally invasive SmartLipo and non-invasive Coolsculpting by Zeltiq, for fat reduction; cellulite management treatment options, and tattoo removal. With over 40 devices to choose from, our staff will customize your treatment plan. Unlike facilities offering facial and skin rejuvenation procedures along with many other medical services, Gold Skin Care Center focuses solely on improving skin quality. We were recognized in 2010 and 2011 as the BEST in Middle Continued on page 12

See how to transform your treasured rings at Belle Meade Jewelry Remounting a ring may seem like and arduous task. While our design specialists are always available to walk you through the redesign process, we occasionally have special remount events. On Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27, Belle Meade Jewelry will be hosting a Remount Show. On both days, be sure to stop by to browse hundreds of mountings in person. The options will be far more expansive than our normal offerings, so if you are even thinking about remounting it is worth a visit. We will have more than three hundred of the latest styles to choose from.

DK Ideas creates special events with your personal style in mind Diane Kimbrough is known for producing events with personality. From initial consult to coordination of the last detail, DK Ideas will bring excitement to all your life cycle events.

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Professionals help make your entertaining experience a time to remember Continued from page 11 Tennessee Toast of Music City poll for Best Cosmetic Surgeon and Best Spa (Overall), and in 2012 for Best Spa (Overall) and Best Dermatologist. The Nashville Scene recognized us in 2012 as Best Skin Care Center. For a consultation, contact the experts at Gold Skin Care Center at (615) 383-2400 or visit

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Porta Via Italian Kitchen is a unique, upscale, casual Northern Italian dining establishment conveniently located in both Nashville and Cool Springs. Our friendly and inviting atmosphere offers a wide assortment of specialty pastas and entrees, all prepared fresh in-house daily. We also specialize in authentic certified Neapolitan, woodfired pizza and flatbreads. Vera Pizza Napoletana or VPN pizza is made to the strictest of Italian standards, using only native ingredients, baked in a wood-fired dome oven at the required time and temperature. Our in-house pastry chef creates mouth-watering desserts, including 18 daily flavors of gelato made using the finest local and imported ingredients. Porta Via is available for private parties and catering and accommodates spe-

cial menu requests. We also offer an extensive selection of gluten-free bread, pizza, pastas and desserts. Our full-service bar includes imported beers, exclusive Italian and organic wines, specialty cocktails and imported aperitifs. The next best thing to eating in Italy...Porta Via...Now That’s Italian Winner of Best New Italian Restaurant in the 2010 Nashville Scene Readers Poll.

Nutritious food can help vision, Optique’s Sonsino says Since this is the Entertaining and Dining Out edition of the Observer, we asked Dr. Michele Sonsino of Optique Eye Care and Eye Wear about nutrition and the eyes. Doctors are now learning more about how nutrition affects vision and eye health. Sonsino says, “We have exciting new research results about the effects of nutritional supplements in the care of patients with Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD), a potentially blinding eye disease of the elderly.” A large clinical trial sponsored by the federal government’s National Eye Institute showed that patients with moderate to severe ARMD benefited from high doses of supplemental antioxidants and zinc. This combination increased the

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chance of preserving remaining vision. Sonsino recommends to all of her patients even with early signs of the disease to change their diet to include more natural antioxidants such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, beta-carotene and zinc. As Bubbe always said, such foods as green leafy vegetables, carrots, and avocados are high in these nutrients. The second area of interest is with dry eyes, Sonsino says. Recent research has shown that increasing intake of Omega-3s helps in a common form of dry eyes. Increasing Omega-3s either by supplements or simply eating more fish such as salmon, mackerel, or sardines tends to shift the makeup of fatty acids in the eyelids, allowing the eyes to lubricate themselves more efficiently. Sonsino says, “The eyes are a window to so much information about a person’s general health, it just makes sense to feed them properly.”

Sperry’s combines Nashville tradition, great tastes at 2 locations Sperry’s Restaurant is a timeless Nashville tradition and award-winning,

family-owned dining destination conveniently located in heart of Belle Meade and Cool Springs. Since 1974, Sperry’s has impeccably served highquality food in a comfortable Old English atmosphere. Using only the finest ingredients and products available, including aged, heavily-marbled beef, the freshest seafood available, premium cheeses oils and spices, Sperry’s food is as fresh as it gets. Sperry’s Restaurant, known for its undisputed attention to culinary detail, Southern hospitality and inviting ambiance, can accommodate an intimate dinner for two or help you entertain a memorable party for 75. In addition to being one of the best steakhouses in Nashville, Sperry’s boasts an extensive wine list with more than 188 selections, and a weekly happy hour that features unbeatable deals on martinis, wines and spirits and small-plate food options, fondly called Burton’s Bites after owner Al Thomas’ grandfather Burton Sperry. Must-try menu items at Sperry’s include delicious beef entrees, Sperry’s famous salad bar complete with home Continued on page 14

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Averbuch continues to build on foundation of leadership By Kathy Carlson


any folks would have eased up a bit, but not Sandy Averbuch. Having just completed two years as chair of the Jewish Federation of Nashville’s Annual Campaign, the community activist agreed to chair the Jewish Foundation’s newly launched Development Committee. The Jewish Foundation is the endowment arm of Federation and supports a significant portion of Federation activities through the income from funds housed with the Foundation. The Development Committee was set up “to help us educate and inspire our community members to create a fund or planned gift that meets their philanthropic passions – what you want to be remembered for when you’re no longer here, so that those interests continue to thrive,” said Risa Klein Herzog, director of Foundation development. “She is the logical bridge from chairing the Annual Campaign to ensuring long-term support and long-term viability for the Nashville Jewish community through the Foundation,” Klein Herzog said. “Whether it’s creating a fund to perpetuate an Annual Campaign gift or a yearly gift to support a Jewish organization, congregation or particular area of interest, Sandy’s experience and passion make her the perfect leadership choice.” “She’s got this great appetite for these types of projects,” said Stephen Riven, who chaired the Best Jewish Nashville priority-setting project and serves on the Development Committee. “Nashville is so lucky we have someone of this caliber.”

Family, friends and colleagues surround Sandy Averbuch at the Jewish Foundation of Nashville dinner. Photos: Rick Malkin

Over the years, Averbuch has played leadership roles with West End Synagogue, Hadassah and the National Council of Jewish Women, in addition to her work with Federation. Nan Speller, also on the Development Committee, has worked with Averbuch on many of these projects. “Whenever she puts her mind to something she goes at it with a full head of steam. ... She is a joy to work with,” Speller said. Fellow committee member and community leader Annette Eskind added, “I know the wonderful committee work she has done and how meaningful that work is.” What links Averbuch to the Foundation is very simple. “When our son died, we started a fund at the Foundation, actually two funds, both in his name,” she said. “One spins off the income to the (Annual) Campaign and the other is an enrichment fund for Akiva School.” Her son, Jonathan Averbuch, loved Akiva, and Federation has been a passion for her and her husband, Larry. The Foundation allows the family to maintain a long-term connection to support both of these priorities. “When I was president of the

Bernie Pargh (left), Sam Averbuch, Larry Averbuch

Cynthia Averbuch Albin (left), Sam and Jessica Averbuch

Federation many, many years ago, I learned the way of nonprofits is to build your foundation,” Sandy Averbuch said. “We need to educate people about (the Foundation). It’s the basis of everything in the community.” In addition to its educational goals, the Development Committee wants to build the Foundation’s general endowment. You don’t have to be among the very wealthy to set up a fund with the Foundation, Averbuch said. “Anyone can create something permanent,” Klein Herzog said. “Foundation is here to work with donors and their professional advisers to create the best plan to advance their philanthropic and financial goals.” Donors can inspire children and grandchildren to know what’s important to them and to generously support what they value, Klein Herzog said. “We take so much for granted in the community,” she said, pointing to Jewish community organizations and agencies. “We want to make sure the infrastructure is not only here but thrives well into the future.” The Foundation helps ensure there are financial resources to maintain the

infrastructure, and the Development Committee is crucial to the Foundation’s mission. In addition to Averbuch, Eskind, Riven and Speller, Committee members include David Cooper, James Fishel, Mark Goldfarb, Ellen Levitt, Jan Liff, Andrew May, Joshua May, Martin Ted Mayden, David Steine Jr. and Fred Zimmerman. “I think that Sandy is a terrific Jewish leader,” Steine said. “She is organized and dedicated and most importantly, learned in Jewish values. Those values guide her in everything she does in the Jewish community. She never gets discouraged and never gets angry. I feel blessed to have her as a mentor.” c

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Professionals help make your entertaining experience a time to remember Continued from page 13 made green goddess dressing and the bananas foster dessert. Sperry’s Restaurants are located in Belle Meade at 5109 Harding Road just past the Belle Meade Plantation, and in Cool Springs at 650 Frazier Drive next to Thomasville Furniture. Go to for more information and to make reservations.

Tastings and classes complement wide selection at RED


RED is more than just a wine and spirits store. RED is an experience. RED is designed for you! Our mission is to offer you the complete selection of the world’s most desirable and sought-after spirits, wines and specialty beers in a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere. Our store layout is designed with spacious walkways that are highlighted by comfortable, easy-toaccess racking. We have carefully cate-

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gorized our wine selections by grape varieties, such as chardonnay or pinot noir. Most of our wines are accompanied by informational tags that give taste descriptions and food pairings. Our spirits department features an amazing array of whiskey, vodka, tequila, cordials and more. The high-gravity specialty beer category is the fastest-growing part of the beverage industry and we are proud to offer an ever-expanding selection. While we strive to make your shopping easier with our organized and expansive 10,000-square-foot showroom, we are most committed to offering friendly and helpful service. We also feature an ongoing series of fun and informative complimentary tastings and classes at RED. Be sure to check out our monthly music series. We invite you to join us on Facebook, for continual updates on what’s happening at RED. Thank you for taking the time to read about RED. We hope you will come visit us and see (and taste) the RED difference for yourself. After all, RED was created for YOU! c

Limor Holocaust education conference highlights ‘Conspiracy of Goodness’


he Tennessee Holocaust Commission’s 2012 Irvin and Elizabeth Limor Holocaust Education Conference is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Vanderbilt University’s Student Life Center, 310 25th Avenue South in Nashville. This year’s program, “A Conspiracy of Goodness: The Story of the Villagers of Le Chambon,” examines the responses of the villagers of Le Chambon in Nazi-occupied France. In and around this village, Christians

Nominations sought for Teen Tikkun Olam awards


o you know a remarkable Jewish teen engaged in philanthropy? Nominate them for the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards and they could be awarded $36,000, according to a news release from the Helen Diller Family Foundation, which sponsors the awards. The deadline for nominations is January 6, 2013. Based on the concept of tikkun olam (repairing the world ), the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards seek to recognize teens who are exceptional role models in their communities and beyond. The awards celebrate teens who have demonstrated remarkable leadership and are actively engaged in projects which embody the values of tikkun olam. Teen projects may benefit the Jewish community or the general community. Up to ten teens, five from California and five from other communities across the country, will be selected to receive $36,000 each, to be used to further their philanthropic work or their education. For more information, c

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sheltered Jews in what has been called a unique conspiracy of goodness. Not a single Jew who came there was turned away or turned in. It was not until decades later that the villagers spoke of what they had done, and even then, only reluctantly. This conference will help present the challenge that Holocaust rescuers make to us, asking, “What would you have done?” Featured speakers at this year’s conference will include Pierre Sauvage, an Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker and child survivor of the Holocaust, and Nelly Trocmé Hewett,

the oldest of four children born to pastor André and Magda Trocmé in northern France in 1927. She was a teenager in Le Chambon and participated in the resistance efforts along with her parents and neighbors. Michael Bess, Chancellor’s Professor of History at Vanderbilt, also will speak. The speakers will be joined by a panel of local survivors including

Frances Cutler-Hahn, Art Pais, and Eric Rosenfeld. This conference is open to the public and there is no cost to attend. To register or for more information, please contact Danielle Kahane-Kaminsky at The Tennessee Holocaust Commission at (615) 343-1171, cell (615) 4990047, e-mail danielle.kahane-kaminsky@ c

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NCJW to honor past and future leaders


he Nashville Section of the National Council of Jewish Women will host its annual Ways and Means luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 7. Celebration 32 will take place at the Hillwood Country Club at 11:30 a.m.

Four past presidents will be honored with the presentation of the Hannah G. Solomon Award, which is given to leaders who exemplify the qualities of the founder of NCJW. The honorees this year are Flo Kornman (1959-1961), Lois Fox (1961-1963), Sis Cohn (1964-1966), and Selma

Goldstein (1968-1970). They brought about important community programs and services through their leadership in a volunteer capacity and some of these programs are still maintained by the Nashville Section. Each of these women was a catalyst for social change and this community has been strengthened by their efforts. In addition to these past leaders, three young women – Jamie Brook, Freya Sachs, and Lauren Shapiro – will be recognized for their leadership. There is a charge for the luncheon and a minimum contribution is required. The money raised at this event is used to fund projects that the Nashville Section sponsors:

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lifecycles B’nai Mitzvah Marshall Justin Arons will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Congregation Micah. Marshall is the son of Murray and Sandy Arons and the younger Marshall Justin brother of Avery. Arons Marshall is an eighth-grader at Brentwood Middle School. His interests include soccer, photography, playing video games, collecting military paraphernalia, and hanging out with his friends. He also appreciates the finer things in life, including adventurous vacations, trying new and interesting foods (yes, that includes food trucks), and viewing artwork. For his mitzvah project, Marshall volunteered at Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary for two weeks this past summer. He had attended summer camp at Owl's Hill for several summers and this summer he spent two weeks giving back to the camp program. Marshall also purchased a white oak tree that will be planted at Owl's Hill this fall. Skylar and Sloane Fischer will be called to the Torah as B’not Mitzvah on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 11 a.m. at The Temple – Congregation Ohabai Sholom. They are the daughters of Suriva and Bob Fischer. Their grandpar- Skylar Fischer ents are Geraldine Fischer, Elaine Goldman and the late Herbert Fischer. Skylar’s mitzvah project is to “Adopt a Grandparent.” She adopted a grandparent Sloane Fischer whose children and grandchildren do not live in the Nashville area and has enjoyed spending time with and getting to know her new grandmother. Skylar is in the seventh grade at John Trotwood Moore Middle School. Her special interests include theater, singing, playing piano, playing violin, songwriting, swimming, dancing, modeling and reading. Sloane’s mitzvah project is helping the women who stay at The Temple for Room in the Inn by filling backpacks with hats, scarves and gloves for the winter. She is also planning to volunteer this winter. Sloane is in the seventh grade at John Trotwood Moore Middle School. Her special interests include fashion design, singing, drums, acting, modeling, playing clarinet in the school band, swimming, volleyball, reading and math. Marin Aliya Kirshner will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 9:30 a.m. at West End Synagogue. She is the daughter of Bari A. Bettan and Michael L. Kirshner and the sister of Carson Marin Aliya L. Kirshner. Kirshner

Marin is a seventh-grader at University School, where she plays on the soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams. For her mitzvah project, she is working with Project Linus, a nonprofit organization that hand makes blankets for critically ill children. Jake Ethan Rosen will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 10:30 a.m. at Congregation Micah. Jake is the son of Marc and Karen Rosen, and the older brother of Evan. He is the grandJake Ethan son of Helene and Art Rosen Lubel, Sandra and Walter Rosen, and the great-grandson of Joseph Penn, all of Houston. Jake is a seventh-grader at Abintra Montessori School where he has been the editor of the school yearbook. In his free time, Jake enjoys swimming, piano, photography, and theater, and has participated in many musicals with Act Too Players. He also enjoys math, science, and attending Space Camp. His real passion is technology - computer programming, video editing, creating stop-motion movies, and learning about “how it all works.” For his mitzvah project, Jake has chosen to volunteer his time at The Brown Center for Autism, a school for young children in the autism spectrum. He has enjoyed being in the classroom as well as helping the staff to prepare materials for the children. He also spent a day with the staff organizing items for their upcoming art auction, which will benefit the school. He will donate a portion of his Bar Mitzvah earnings to the school so they can use it to purchase materials for the children. Jake is looking forward to celebrating his special weekend with family and friends. Elliot Reuben Tishler will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, Nov. 24, at West End Synagogue at 9:30 a.m. He is the youngest son of Michelle and Steven Tishler and brother of Joel, Daniel, and Shayna. He is the Elliot Reuben Tishler grandson of Marilyn Davis of Nashville, Al Davis of Birmingham, Dorothy Ziff and the late Jack Tishler of Birmingham. Elliot is a seventh-grader at Grassland Middle School. He is an enthusiastic member of the school band and a tough competitor on the lacrosse field. Elliot has spent the last two summers at Camp Barney Medintz with plans to continue this tradition after a family trip to Israel this summer. Elliot is a hamburger connoisseur and Minecraft fan. He enjoys hanging with friends and vacationing with the family. Andrew Kaplan will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah at Congregation Micah at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, and at Congregation Sherith Israel on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 10 a.m. Andrew is a son of Hillary and Mark Kaplan, a brother Andrew Kaplan of Aaron and Matthew, and a grandson of Renee and Richard Zellner of Cleveland, Ohio and Irma and Herman Kaplan of Nashville, TN.

Andrew graduated from Akiva School. He is currently an 8th-grader at Montgomery Bell Academy, where he plays on the baseball team, performs in school theater productions, and is a coeditor-in-chief of the Junior School newspaper. He enjoys spending time with his family, including his two dogs, Leo and Rosie, and he looks forward to summers at Six Points Sports Academy.

Congratulations Benjamin Kraft Raybin has joined Hollins, Raybin & Weissman, P.C. as an associate attorney. A Vanderbilt University Law School graduate, Ben served as a law clerk for Judges Jane B. Stranch and Gilbert S. Merritt, both of the Benjamin Kraft Raybin U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Before law school, Ben attended the University of Chicago, graduating with honors and competing for four years on the mock trial team. While in college, Ben spent a semester at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and later wrote his honors thesis on the Australian constitution. A Nashville native, Ben attended middle school at Ensworth and high school at University School of Nashville, where he was student body president and captain of the varsity basketball team. His law practice will focus on criminal and civil trial and appellate litigation.

Sympathy . . . to the family of Nathan Magid, who died on Sept. 24. Mr. Magid, the son of Victor and Rebecca Frankel Magid, was born in New York City on Dec. 31, 1912. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Esther Levitan Magid; brother, Harold; sisters, Goldie Jacobson and Edith Peal. He is survived by his daughters, Frances (Terry) Prince and Bonnie (Doug) Small; grandchildren, Lori Prince, Adam (Ashley) Small and Ryan Small; sisters, Reba Kuklin and Faye Chait. Mr. Magid was drafted into the Army during World War II. He landed

on the Normandy Beach, was wounded in battle, and received the Purple Heart. He was the co-owner of B. Levitan Furniture Co. and the owner of Richland Furniture Co. He loved kids and the family requests that memorials be made to the children's charity of your choice . . . . to the family of Robert Keenan, father of Dorothy (Ray) Berk, who died on Oct. 11. Services for Mr. Keenan were held on October 13. . . . to the family of Miriam Goodman, who died on Oct. 15. She is survived by her grandson, Michael (Lisa) Moschel and great-grandchildren Abigail and Jack. … to Helen and Leonid Gorodesky and the entire Shinkarev family on the Oct. 18 death of Mariya Shinkaryov. . . . to the family of Evelyn Wasson, who died on Oct. 18. She is survived by her grandson, Jason (Helen) Crowley, her great-grandchildren Zach, Noah and Josh Crowley, extended family and friends. . . . to the family of Sylvia L. Manas, who died on Oct. 20 at age 90. Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, David Manas. Survivors include their sons, Robert (Cindy) Manas and Zvi (Diane) Manas. Sylvia and David owned and operated Manas Furniture Co. in downtown Nashville for more than 50 years. Sylvia was active in the Congregation Sherith Israel and the Gordon Jewish Community Center. Sylvia enjoyed travel over the years, especially cruises with her family, and she loved her time with her family and friends. Sylvia's loving devotion to her family and friends will be missed. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Levine, Bill Levine, Don Levine, Jerry Levine, Larry Rubenstein, Steve Eisen, Jon Pierce, Hal Manas, Howard Manas, Mike Miller, Martin Nash, Boris Garber, Marat Oyvetsky. In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions in Mrs. Manas’ name may be directed to Congregation Sherith Israel, 3600 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37205 or Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson St., Nashville, TN 37203.

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Allen Exelbierd named to chair Tennessee Holocaust Commission


llen Exelbierd, president of the Memphis accounting firm L. Allen Exelbierd P.C., has been named the fourth chairman of the Tennessee Holocaust Commission, the Commission said in a news release. Gov. Bill Haslam appointed Exelbierd on Oct. 10. He succeeds Nashvillian Felicia Anchor as chair, and his term began

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upon his appointment. Exelbierd has served on the Commission since 1999. He has been a grant reader for the annual Belz-Lipman Award for educators and has served on the Memphis Yom HaShoah Committee for more than 25 years. He is the son of Holocaust survivors Joseph and Rachel Exelbierd. Joseph Exelbierd organized the first Yom HaShoah Memorial Service in Memphis in 1963. c

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Akiva’s 2012 Cross-Country Team and coaches

Students show longtime runner the joy of the sport By Annette Pollack 4th-grade teacher

The cross-country team at Akiva School includes kindergartners through fifth-graders. Akiva School participated in three cross-country meets this season. Two of these were at the Overbrook School and one at Currey Ingram Academy. The Akiva students came in fourth place at the Currey Ingram meet in the K-2 division, where second grader Shmuel Hanai came in second place in his division with a time of 4:32 for a distance of 1000 yards. All of the runners had personal bests at the last meet. The team was assisted by Dr. Phil Lieberman and Dr. Trent Rosenbloom. The joy and pride on team members’ faces while they were running, I know, will fuel me during my next long run. I can’t wait to coach again next year! c

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n the 14 years that I have been a runner I have only focused on my own personal running goals. Since coaching the Akiva team, I was able to experience a whole new level of enjoyment and fulfillment through the participants. At each meet, against schools like Harding Academy, St. Henry’s, Overbrook and Christ the King, the team members would cheer for each other and encourage one another to run their personal best. The feeling of camaraderie amongst the team was evident as they developed new friendships and relationships with students at all grade levels.



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Could Russia’s crackdown against foreign NGOs imperil Jewish groups working there? By Neil Rubin WASHINGTON (JTA) – Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, it didn’t take long for international Jewish groups to rush into Russia and begin rebuilding institutions of Jewish life that had been destroyed under generations of communist repression. In the two decades since, Russian Jewry has undergone a remarkable revival, and Diaspora Jewish institutions from the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee to the Jewish Agency for Israel to the ChabadLubavitch movement have been there every step of the way. But with the environment in President Vladimir Putin’s Russia growing increasingly hostile toward foreign nongovernmental organizations, could the operations of international Jewish groups be in jeopardy? “We’re in a very reactionary phase,” said James Brooke, the Moscow correspondent for the Voice of America. “The current leadership doesn’t favor civil society and prefers vertical power, which is an authoritarian, dictatorial concept from the top of salute and shut up.” On Oct. 1, in a sign of rising tensions between Washington and Moscow, Russia announced that it was ending all U.S. Agency for International Development operations in the country, ending a program that has invested more than $2.7 billion in Russia since 1991 to promote “a more open and innovative society and a strengthened partnership between Russia and the United States.” Then there’s the crackdown on dissent that has seen everything from the jailing of opposition leaders to the prison terms handed down to three women from the punk band Pussy Riot for their “blasphemous” performance in a church. The rockers, one of whom has been released from prison, were convicted of “hooliganism.”

Fortunately for the Jews of Russia, Judaism is one of four recognized religions in the country. The Russian parliament is now considering a blasphemy law that would criminalize acts of “sacrilege” against any of the recognized religions. Finally, a new law requires groups that acquire funds from overseas to declare themselves “foreign agents” -- a category that on its face would seem to include international Jewish aid groups. Publicly, Jewish organizations say they are not concerned and emphasize that their work is humanitarian, not political. “There’s nothing here that Jewish organizations that operate in the former Soviet Union from the United States or Israel that support activities in the FSU have to be concerned about,” said Misha Galperin, president and CEO of Jewish Agency International Development. “We provide assistance for humanitarian, education and community building programs that have nothing at all to do with any political processes and situations in Russia.” Privately, however, Jewish organizations are toeing very carefully to make

sure they do not run afoul of a regime that in recent months has severely restricted the operation of foreign NGOs in Russia. The key, says Ben Cohen, a former director of European affairs for the AntiDefamation League, is to steer clear of any criticism of the regime. “The organized Jewish community has traditionally been very careful not to alienate the Russian government,” he said. “Firstly it would hinder their operations there, and secondly, I think they’re aware that there is a very strong undercurrent of anti-Semitism in Russia and they’re very nervous about provoking that.” As things stand now, Putin has good ties with the Jewish community. He has developed personal relationships with some Jewish leaders – notably Rabbi Berel Lazar, one of Russia’s two chief rabbis – and Jewish schools, synagogues and community centers have flourished in Russia since Putin came to power in 2000. "Putin is a despicable man, but he’s very shrewd,” Cohen said. “He understands that getting into a needless confrontation with Jewish organizations isn’t going to serve his interests.”

ORT, the educational agency, cited its close work with the government in running schools and educational programs in Russia. Moscow ORT Technology College, which opened in 1996, has 4,000 students, and the ORT de Gunzburg Jewish School No. 550 in St. Petersburg has received the President’s Prize, Russia’s highest award for innovation and excellence in education. “We’re in these countries" in the former Soviet Union "because we’ve been invited by the government and the ministries of education, which we partner with,” said Alan Klugman, executive director of ORT America. Likewise, Jewish groups including the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and the JDC told JTA that they have not experienced problems with the government and do not expect U.S.-Russia tensions to affect their operations. The unspoken tradeoff, Cohen said, is that Jewish organizations cannot criticize the regime for anything. U.S.Russian tensions will not impact Jewish groups, Cohen said, “unless they challenge the government.” c

Rockets slam southern Israel, striking homes and injuring workers JERUSALEM (JTA) – More than 70 rockets and mortar shells fired from Gaza have hit southern Israel in a 24hour span earlier this week, striking several homes and injuring three. Four Palestinians were killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza sites that the Israeli military said are used for launching rockets at Israel. The Palestinian Ma’an news agency has identified the dead as members of organizations that are considered terrorist by Israel and the United States.

Between late Tuesday night and late Wednesday morning, Oct. 23 and 24, the Israeli airstrikes hit four of what the Israel Defense Forces said were rocket-launching sites, as well as a tunnel used for smuggling terrorists into Israel, according to statements issued by the IDF. In two radio interviews, Defense Minister Ehud Barak did not rule out sending tanks and troops into Gaza to quell the attacks. The rockets and mortar shells began falling on southern Israeli com-

Damage to one home. Photo: JTA


munities late Tuesday night and continued through the next day. At least five private homes were hit directly. Three Thai workers were injured, two of them seriously. The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted seven rockets aimed at Ashkelon. Schools have been closed in much of southern Israel, with the Home Front Command telling residents living within 10 miles of Gaza to remain near bomb shelters. Barak told Army Radio, “If we have no choice and the fire will continue, then they clearly will be hit harder and nothing is out of the question.” And in an interview with Israel Radio, he said, “If we need a ground operation, there will be a ground operation. We will do whatever necessary to stop this.” Hamas’ military wing, the AlQassam Brigades, and the Popular Resistance Committees both have claimed responsibility for the rockets. The escalation on Israel’s southern border follows a border attack Oct. 23 on an Israeli patrol near the security fence with Gaza that seriously injured an Israeli soldier. c

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